Review: ‘The Money Pit’

The Money Pit is simply the pits. Shortly after the starring couple has bought a beautiful old house which quickly shows itself to be at the point of total disrepair, Tom Hanks says to Shelley Long, 'It's a lemon, honey, let's face it'. There is really very little else to be said about this gruesomely unfunny comedy.

The Money Pit is simply the pits. Shortly after the starring couple has bought a beautiful old house which quickly shows itself to be at the point of total disrepair, Tom Hanks says to Shelley Long, ‘It’s a lemon, honey, let’s face it’. There is really very little else to be said about this gruesomely unfunny comedy.

Unofficial remake of the 1948 Cary Grant-Myrna Loy starrer Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House begins unpromisingly and slides irrevocably downward from there.

Most of the scenes in this demolition derby begin with something or other caving in or falling apart, an event which is invariably followed by the two leads yelling and screaming at each other for minutes on end.

The Money Pit

Production

Amblin. Director Richard Benjamin; Producer Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Art Levinson; Screenplay David Giler; Camera Gordon Willis; Editor Jacqueline Cambas; Music Michel Colombier; Art Director Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Shelley Long Tom Hanks Alexander Godunov Maureen Stapleton Joe Mantegna Philip Bosco

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